At a special assembly on Tuesday March 17, 2015, Dr Christine Jennett was announced as the 2014 Catherine McAuley Alumnae Award winner, recognising her commitment to living our Mercy values.Christine grew up in Narrabri in rural western NSW and attended OLMC as a boarder and graduated with the Leaving Certificate in 1963. After leaving OLMC, Christine went to the University of NSW where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in 1967 (being awarded a Commonwealth Scholarship). After a period in the NSW Public Service she subsequently enrolled in a Master of Arts and the PhD (in political sociology) in 1996. Later she obtained a Graduate Certificate in University Teaching and Learning from Charles Sturt University in 1998.
Christine has taught at the University of Sydney, the Australian National University in Canberra, University of New South Wales and Charles Sturt University, where she retired in 2007. Her research and publications have been extensive and in the areas of inequality, human rights, social movements, public policy, policing, community violence and fear of crime.
In her community engagement she has been active in support of the rights of Aboriginal people, women’s rights, and the anti-racism cause (especially anti-apartheid). Through her early days at University, Christine was involved in campaigning with the Gurindji Peoples for land rights from the Federal Government. Through this work Christine became involved in setting up the first Aboriginal Legal Service in Redfern. This work continued throughout the 1970’s and the 1980’s.
Presently, Christine is the National President of the Independent Scholars Association of Australia Inc and a Director of the Women’s Club. In 2014, she became a C H Currey Memorial Fellow of the State Library of NSW.
Christine embodies many of our Mercy qualities. In particular, she has shown great compassion and caring throughout her life towards others most needy. She has demonstrated commitment to social justice, the rights of women and refugees. She has strong leadership qualities as demonstrated by her commitment to the Women’s Club and Independent Scholars Association of Australia. She has been able to translate her very strong academic background in the social sciences into practice in all her endeavours.
Year 7 2015 had a great time meeting future classmates and teachers at Orientation Day which was held on Wednesday November 12.
The girls and their parents learnt all about what life at OLMC will be like from Homeroom and pastoral processes to uniform expectations (with a special uniform parade!).
Future Mercy Girls met their Pastoral Teachers, Peer Support Leaders and make a bunch of new friends who they are looking forward to seeing again in January next year when they start their Mercy journey together.We are very excited to have each and every one of you joining us in 2015
At the College assembly on Tuesday November 11, 2014, Year 12 Mercy Girl Chloe Farrington was announced as the winner of the 2014 Rosemary Crumlin Art Award for her artwork 'Mercy Superheroes'.
Sister Rosemary Crumlin RSM OAM, after whom the award is named, presented the winners at the assembly. Rosemary is a member of the Parramatta Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy. Her religious vocation has led her to a succession of remarkable achievements as school teacher, artist, author, educator, women’s’ leadership consultant and curator of major exhibitions of religious and spiritual art.
Second Place went to Sarah Thabthiang (Year 9), Claudia Connelly (Year 8) received third place, fourth place went to Alysha Newton (Year 12) and fifth place was awarded to Amy Xu (Year 12).The Award aims to encourage students to create art works (in any media) which reflect Mercy Values, to be exhibited in the public areas of the College.
On Sunday August 24, Mercy Girl Alex Hulley competed in the Women's Hammer Throw final at the Youth Olympics in China and won a Silver Medal!
In the heats, Alex threw a personal best and qualified in first position for the Hammer Throw final - ahead of 15 other competitors.
A huge congratulations to Alex on this fantastic achievement!
In an outstanding performance, Year 12 student Anita Donovan has achieved what is one of the pinnacles of public speaking by winning the 2014 State final of the Senior division of Rostrum Voice of Youth.
The event was held on the first day of the winter holidays at the Legislative Assembly chambers of NSW Parliament House.
Anita displayed remarkable poise and talent to defeat the other finalists, each of whom had proven their ability by reaching this level of a competition that is recognised nationally as the most challenging of all public speaking competitions for students.
For the sixth year in a row OLMC hosted the KidsView Conference on Wednesday May 21, 2014. The social justice conference aims to help students explore the complex reality of poverty and encourage them to action.
The conference is organised by Bahay Tuluyan (House of Welcome), a Filipino non-government organisation that works with children who have been abused, exploited and neglected.
Conference facilitator Catherine Scerri, an Australian volunteer who has worked in the Philippines with street children for over nine years, says the conference is a chance to engage young people to become motivated to learn more about the world and challenge them to build a socially just world.
At the conference, Mercy Girls explored complex issues of work, education, health and food for people living in poverty by participating in, with students from other schools, a variety of workshops led by passionate young people.
The OLMC Community has banded together to raise over $2000 for the Typhoon Haiyan Appeal. Donations came in from generous students, parents and staff who contributed in a number of ways including to a sausage sizzle.
This money will be sent to the Australian Red Cross Tyhoon Haiyan Appeal to help:• provide emergency relief, rehabilitation and recovery assistance to communities affected by Typhoon Haiyan (including the Philippines and Vietnam)
• support water and sanitation, shelter and health initiatives in affected areas
• send specialist aid workers to assist in initial assessments, relief, recovery and longer term disaster management operations
• support Red Cross longer term programs and the work of our Red Cross Red Crescent partners in the affected areas.
Students, families and staff also gave generously to the annual St Vincent de Paul Hampers initiative, enabling the College to create 58 Christmas hampers to be given to families in need. It is through the generosity and dedication of students, parents and staff that this annual event remains so successful and it is a great way of reaching out to people in the local community who are facing difficulties at Christmas.
On behalf of the Sisters of Mercy and the College Board we are very pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Stephen Walsh as the new Principal of OLMC Parramatta. We are confident that Stephen will bring to the role a deep faith, a strong understanding of and passion for the education of girls and a commitment to the mission of the Sisters of Mercy.
With a career in Catholic education of nearly 30 years, Stephen is an experienced educator with leadership experience spanning 15 years, including significant time in girls schools. In 2006 he was appointed to his current role as Principal of St Joseph’s Catholic College Gosford, a girls’ school in the Diocese of Broken Bay.
Stephen holds the qualifications of Master of Education (Curriculum) and Bachelor of Education. He currently is on the Board of Directors for Stella Maris College, Manly and is the President of the Association of Affiliated Josephite Secondary Schools in Australia/New Zealand.
This Principal’s position at OLMC, attracted an unusually high number of very well qualified applicants. The selection committee, that included a member of the Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy, the Chair and Deputy Chair of the Board and an experienced principal from another independent girls’ school, assisted by an external consultant, conducted an extensive recruitment process and concluded that Stephen Walsh was clearly the best person for the role. We were looking for the person who demonstrated the commitment, passion and capabilities to continue to build OLMC as an outstanding high performing girls’ school in the Mercy tradition.
Stephen Walsh will be the ninth Principal of OLMC and will bring an ideal combination of professional leadership abilities and a strong background in curriculum and contemporary pedagogy. He will commence at OLMC on 21 October and will work with the current Principal, Mrs Kitty Guerin until her retirement at the end of December. Stephen will formally take up the role as Principal in 2014.
We take this opportunity to congratulate Stephen on his appointment to such a significant role and invite you to welcome him into the OLMC community.
Catherine Ryan rsm
Congregation Leader, Sisters of Mercy Parramatta
Chair of the Board, OLMC Parramatta